Fitness instructors


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


Fitness instructors deliver training in a range of fitness activities, including weight training, yoga, pilates, personal training and other forms of exercise at private health and fitness centres, local authority run sports and leisure centres, other public and community establishments, and in private homes.


There are no formal academic requirements. Entrants must, however, possess coaching qualifications recognised by the appropriate governing body. Applicants to coaching courses must normally be over 18 years old and hold a first-aid certificate. Background checks including a CRB check are required for those working with children.

Typical tasks

  • assesses the fitness levels of clients;
  • devises programmes of training appropriate to the needs of clients with varying levels of strength, fitness and ability;
  • demonstrates and leads fitness activities and supervises exercise classes;
  • ensures that clients do not injure themselves through over exertion or using incorrect training techniques;
  • plans and monitors personal fitness schedules;
  • understands the health and safety aspects of different forms of exercise and ensures that any statutory requirements are met.

Common job titles

Instructor, training, physical
Consultant, fitness
Teacher, aerobics
Teacher, yoga
Tutor, yoga
Instructor, fit, keep
Trainer, fitness
Instructor, fitness
Consultant, lifestyle
Instructor, gym
Teacher, fit, keep
Coach, fitness
Instructor, health and fitness
Trainer, personal
Instructor, pilates
Instructor, aerobics
Leader, fit, keep
Instructor, chi, tai
Teacher, pilates
Therapist, yoga
Instructor, zumba

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.